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LifeMasters Announces Agreement to Offer Disease Management Services to High-Risk Wisconsin Residents
Date:9/23/2008

Program targets individuals unable to access insurance in the private market.

Irvine, Calif. (Vocus) September 23, 2008 -- As evidence of its commitment to provide care to the most underserved populations, LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc., a leading provider of health improvement programs, announced today that it has signed an agreement to offer diabetes management services to members of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP) Authority of Madison, Wisconsin. The program - the first of its kind for HIRSP - will serve individuals unable to access health insurance in the private market.

The Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP) provides medical and prescription drug insurance to Wisconsin residents who either are unable to find adequate health insurance coverage in the private market because of the severity of their health conditions or who have lost their employer-sponsored group health insurance.

"We are extremely proud to have been selected to provide diabetes management services to HIRSP members," said Christobel Selecky, CEO of LifeMasters. "HIRSP removes a significant barrier to adequate access to care - the lack of insurance coverage. LifeMasters' health professionals are expert at helping program participants identify and overcome the barriers to achieving optimal health by providing one-on-one education, coaching and support."    

The goal of the multi-year program is to help improve the health of participants, reduce the number of emergency room visits and preventable hospitalizations, and ultimately reduce the overall healthcare cost trend for the Authority.

"We are excited to partner with LifeMasters to provide this important service to our members with diabetes," said Amie Goldman, CEO of HIRSP. "While some of our members are receiving high-quality care for their diabetes, we know that many are not receiving evidence-based care that could improve their health and quality of life. High-risk pools are in a unique position to demonstrate the value of care management services and we look forward to supporting our members in living healthier lives."

Program participants will receive coaching and regular telephone support from their own personal health coach. They will learn how to monitor their vital signs and symptoms to detect early changes in their health status, such as blood glucose levels. An integral part of the program also includes integrating the members' physicians by alerting them to significant changes in their patient's health between office visits so they can intervene early to avoid emergency room visits and preventable hospitalizations.

About LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc.:
LifeMasters Supported SelfCare, Inc. is a leading provider of health improvement and condition management programs and services that create health partnerships among individuals and their physicians. The programs improve the quality of care for populations with risk factors and chronic conditions and reduce healthcare cost trends for the nation's leading health plans, employers, retirement systems, labor unions/trusts and governmental organizations. LifeMasters offers programs for individuals with diabetes, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension and asthma, cancer, depression, metabolic syndrome and musculo-skeletal pain. LifeMasters' programs are holistically focused, support co-morbidities like depression, and facilitate lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation and weight loss. LifeMasters is accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and URAC. More information can be found at http://innovation.lifemasters.com/ [innovation.lifemasters.com].

Media Contact:
Abbie Pauley
412-926-7093
apauley @ lifemasters.com

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